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Children are the future and we must not only take steps ourselves to protect the environment and oceans but educate the future custodians of our planet. As many parents are currently enjoying the excitement, trials and tribulations of home learning, extending this to much-needed free time  doesn’t have to be boring and can be great fun for the whole family. Here are five fun activities for parents to teach their children the importance of protecting...

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Rachael Sacerdoti, founder of the 12-week fitness and nutrition program It’s SO Simple, knows this time of year can bring its share of confusing weight-loss myths and messages.  “The key with everything, and in particular during Ramadan, is to pay attention to what your body is telling you,” she says.  To keep things, well, simple, she has two easy-to-follow messages of her own.  Leave tough workouts for later Although working out before eating can be...

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Obesity not only creates social anxiety in your child but it leads to a number of long-term health risks such as heart disease and diabetes.  That’s why it’s advisable to deal with the problem at an early age. But how? Watching your child struggle with being overweight can make any parent feel overwhelmed and helpless. It is important to note that restrictive and crash diets are harmful for children but there is a lot you...

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If you’re thinking of trying a fast, Ramadan is a very good time to do it. But what are the rules? How many hours should you be abstaining from food? Are you still allowed tea and coffee? Should you try intermittent fasting or a fasting mimicking diet or something like the 5:2? Or should you dive straight in with a prolonged fast? Which one best suits your goals? Are you looking for weight loss, better skin,...

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Trying to have a healthier Holy Month? We’ve got all the talks, homegrown gift ideas and ways to give back that can help you get there. Flow Talks The Dubai healthy eating hub Flow is back with another round of its Flow Talks Series – Ramadan Edition. The talks are held live every Tuesday at 4pm on Flow’s Instagram and feature experts from the worlds of art, fitness, nutrition and more. The panellists include chef...

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Living in such a fast-paced, diverse region – not to mention the disruption caused by Covid-19 –has left many young people feeling exhausted and uncertain. Whether they are just graduating from high school or at university or trying to launch a career, or just in need of some sage advice from someone in their own age group,  Dubai-based life coach Mohammed Sweidan offers support and wisdom via TikTok. His short videos have proved such a hit that...

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For most people the daily fast of Ramadan is tough, but for those with eating disorders (EDs) this time of year can have a more sinister allure. “One of the common misconceptions in the Middle East is that EDs are a ‘Western problem’,” says Dina Zalami, a counseling psychologist from Thrive Wellbeing Centre. “While diagnosable eating disorders may have been more present in the West in the past, globalization and social media have given rise...

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Why not build on the health opportunities that Ramadan provides, and use the Holy Month to build habits that will last the whole year through? Fasting in Ramadan is similar to a consistent practice of intermittent fasting, in which food is consumed within a smaller window of time. During the Holy Month, fasting is done between the Fair and Magrib prayer – roughly 12 hours between dawn and dusk. Fasting is considered to be a natural...